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2003

Mother hopes to form ministry for disabled, and help one soul at a time

CLINTON – Harry is a 35-year-old client at the Whitten Center, an assisted living center for the mentally and physically disabled run by the State of South Carolina Department of Disabilities and Special Needs. He is developmentally and physically disabled making it impossible for him to speak, but he still communicates. In fact it is […]


Bishop adds fifth deanery

CHARLESTON – Bishop Robert J. Baker has announced that the Diocese of Charleston is adding a fifth deanery. The Hilton Head Deanery will include the Hilton Head Island and Beaufort areas. The boundaries of the deanery have yet to be determined. Father Martin T. Laughlin, pastor of Holy Family Church in Hilton Head Island, is […]


Disciples in Mission starts prayer campaign, organizes small groups

CLEMSON — Three Paulist churches in the northwestern corner of South Carolina, along with other parishes across the diocese, are preparing to take the next step in a five-year evangelization effort. St. Andrew, St. Paul the Apostle and St. Francis churches will spend the next few weeks forming dozens of small, evangelization groups. It’s a […]


Learning about natural family planning is accepting a gift from God

SPARTANBURG – Pope John Paul II said it best: What better gift can you give a child than to give him a brother or a sister? And what better way to bring forth a child than God’s way – naturally. Marc and Lynn Connelly certainly agree. They have cranked up natural family planning classes at […]


Birthright volunteers count success one delivery at a time

COLUMBIA — When Birthright of Columbia celebrated the anniversary of its founding Feb. 2, its purpose may have been to thank the community for 23 years of support. But it also hoped to interest a few new volunteers. “The community knows what we are about,” said Hank Chardos of St. Peter’s parish in Columbia, one […]


‘As good as it gets’

Bishop England teen lives her faith and is a true Christian example for students and teachers by Nancy Schwerin CHARLESTON — Katie Vaughan lives her life trying to be a light of Christ for others. She recently underwent a 30-day meditative prayer process and meets regularly with a spiritual director. She attributes her spiritual growth […]


Upstate students fast to raise cash for CRS

TAYLORS — Their stomachs were growling, but that didn’t distract them from the message. “This is our way of doing our part to help people who are in need,” said Patrick Haller, speaking for around 70 fellow high school students who were in the final two of hours of their 24-hour food fast at Prince […]


Rededication is Good News at St. Anthony

GREENVILLE — The long wait was well worth it. It took six and a half years to get from dream to reality, but everything finally came together on Dec. 15 when St. Anthony of Padua parishioners celebrated the rededication of their renovated, enlarged church-and a joyous celebration it was. Bishop Robert J. Baker celebrated the […]


Community effort brings renewed life to school

COLUMBIA — Part of the mission statement of St. Martin de Porres School reads, “St. Martin is actively changing from a mission community to a community on a mission.” With all the activity, renovations and improvements at the school, no one would doubt the mission and the enthusiasm of everyone involved with it. One of […]


Russian priest shares rebirth story with diocesan students

COLUMBIA — “I have a wonderful story to tell,” said Father Daniel L. Maurer to Holly Pobis’ attentive sixth-grade class at St. Joseph School. “It is a story about the rebirth of the Church in Russia.” Never seeming to tire, Father Maurer from Mary Mother of God Mission Society told of his 11 years in […]


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